All Those Who Obey Him – Hebrews 5
Concerning Jesus, we read that “although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:8-10).
In order for Jesus to be our sacrifice, our High Priest, our mediator, and our savior, He had to be a man. Thus, since it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin, ‘a body was prepared’ (see Hebrews 10:4-7). “…He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:17-18). He was in fact “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15)
Being like us, being tempted as we, yet without sin, He was ‘perfected’ as our Sacrifice that takes away sin. Having been raised from the dead, He became our High Priest offering this perfect sacrifice in Heaven. Such ‘being made perfect’ is said to be based upon His obedience (5:8) and “doing the will of God” (Heb. 10:7, 9). He then has become the savior to all those who ‘obey Him’.
While our goal is to obey in ALL THINGS, the foundation of our salvation is the fact that He is a sacrifice, He is the high priest, and the mediator FOR OUR SINS. Salvation is rooted firmly on the concept of forgiveness. While all teachings are to be obeyed, only a few are given as conditions for forgiveness. Faith, repentance, confession of our faith, baptism – all of these ARE tied to forgiveness (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; Mark 16:16; etc.) That doesn’t allow us to negate and neglect the other teachings! As disciples we are to “observe all” that Jesus commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). The goal of believers to not sin, BUT when we do, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1John 2:1). Our confidence is found in forgiveness.
Thus, He is the Savior to all who obey Him. Is he YOUR Savior?